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Report: Tigers, White Sox show interest in Justin Masterson
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

The Tigers and White Sox have joined the Royals, Twins and Cubs as teams to show interest in free-agent pitcher Justin Masterson, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Masterson's agent is scheduled to meet with teams over Thanksgiving weekend. The pitcher struggled in 2014, going 7-9 with a 5.88 ERA in 25 starts.

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Diamondbacks sign Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

The Diamondbacks have signed Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas to a six-year, $68.5 million deal, according to MLB.com. The deal has been confirmed by CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The deal is pending a physical, and will contain an opt-out after four years. The 24-year-old held a showcase for all 30 teams in September, and proceeded to hold private workouts with at least 11 clubs, one of which was Arizona. Tomas is known for his power potential, and is expected to be a middle-of-the-order hitter. He'll likely play corner outfield with the club.

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Reds sign Brennan Boesch to minor league deal
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

The Reds have signed outfielder Brennan Boesch to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training. Boesch, 29, is a career .256/.309/.412 hitter over five seasons for the Tigers, Yankees and Angels.

He was in the minors for most of last season, hitting .332 with 25 homers for the Angels Triple-A affiliate. 

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Royals acquire infielder Ryan Jackson from Dodgers
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

The Royals have acquired infielder Ryan Jackson from the Dodgers for cash considerations. Jackson was out for most of last season with a wrist injury. 

Jackson hit .278 with 34 RBI at Triple-A Memphis, playing 122 games at shortstop and third base in 2013.

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Report: Talks break down between Yanks, Phils about Rollins deal
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

The Yankees and Phillies reportedly discussed a deal for 35-year-old shortstop Jimmy Rollins before talks broke down, according to ESPN reporter Jayson Stark.

Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said Rollins is "one of the best shortstops in baseball still" but wouldn't confirm Yankees interest in the veteran. Amaro also said Rollins is "somebody we want on our club and would be very hard to replace."

Rollins is due $11 million this season and his contract is up at the end of 2015. Rollins hit .243 with 55 RBI and stole 28 bases in 2014. 

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Padres' Blaine Boyer clears waivers, heads for free agency
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

Padres right-handed pitcher Blaine Boyer cleared waivers Wednesday and will enter free agency, according to U-T San Diego. Boyer was designated for assignment last week.

Boyer appeared in 32 games last season for the Padres and posted a 3.57 ERA. 

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Rays designate Sean Rodriguez for assignment
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

The Rays have designated 29-year-old Sean Rodriguez for assignment. 

Rodriguez hit .211 with 12 home runs last season. 

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Jose Molina, Cole Figueroa clear waivers, released by Rays
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

Catcher Jose Molina and infielder Cole Figueroa cleared waivers and were released by the Rays Wednesday. 

Both Molina and Figueroa were designated for assignment Thursday. Molina, 39, hit .178 over 225 at-bats last year, while Figueroa hit .233 in 43 at-bats. 

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Rays sign right-hander Ernesto Frieri to major-league contract
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

The Rays have announced signing of right-hand pitcher Ernesto Frieri to a one-year contract. Frieri will make a base salary of $800,000, going up to $3.15 million with incentives, according to the Tampa Tribune.

Frieri, who had a career-high 37 saves in 2013, had 11 last season with a 7.34 ERA.

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Yankees' Sabathia confident he can return to being 200-inning pitcher
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia continues to deliver positive updates coming off July knee surgery.

"The knee, I have no complaints," Sabathia told YES Network. "I’m able to do all of my workouts. … I’m changing a few things. Not as much pounding and running. I’m in the pool a lot, on different machines to get cardio, (on the) bike. Just adding a few different things to get some cardio in."

Despite coming off surgery and being limited to eight starts (46 innings) in 2014, Sabathia feels he can get back to being a 30-start, 200-inning pitcher in 2015.

"Yeah, for sure," he said. "I feel like I can. If you asked me that a couple of months ago, I would have said, ‘I don’t know,’ but the way I’m feeling now and being able to work out, definitely."

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